Benefit entitlements for disabled people - Attendance Allowance

Benefit entitlements for disabled people - Attendance Allowance

Earlier this year (2018) it was reported that there has been a fall of more than 22% in the number of older people receiving Attendance Allowance in the last six years.

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for older people suffering from an illness or disability who may need extra help to allow them to remain independent at home. The benefit is paid at two different rates, depending on whether help is needed either in the day or night, or both in the day and night. Attendance Allowance is non means-tested and is available to those people over 65 years of age who do not already receive personal independence payments (PIP) or disability living allowance (DLA).

The fall in people claiming Attendance Allowance is believed to be due to a climate which actively discourages people from claiming what they are entitled to and a fear of going through the benefit assessment process.

The DWP has not offered any explanation for the huge drop in the number of AA claimants.  However, government ministers have expressed concern at the fall in people claiming the benefit and plan to engage with older people’s organisations to explore why this is happening.

For more information on applying for Attendance Allowance or for assistance with the management of personal affairs, please contact a member of our Personal Affairs team.